View B, the flirty- appearing skirt. Vogue 2155, an 80s Calvin Klein design with appealing wide legged high waisted trousers too (but let’s lose the knife-edge pressed centre creases for 2012 shall we?). I stalked this pattern for view B. I adored it when I saw it on eBay & let it slip through my fingers. Luckily it came my way again with a little patience. Started February 2012 at about the same time that I acquired Barbarella (tailor’s dummy). Warning! Having a tailor’s dummy can lead to eradicating all ease & creating mummy-like clothing. I will save the evidence until the end – I am not quite strong enough to face the consequence of it appearing as my featured image in all the Google Readers up & down the land. Seriously. Not flattering.
However, let’s look at where I left it …
This lil love was hanging on Barb keeping the dust off her lower half. The fabric is the most beautiful deepest midnight blue (no idea composition) which I scored at a carboot sale. It had an awesome pedigree, being sold by a London lawyer who found she was too busy to make her gorgeous suiting into, er, posh suits.
It was hanging there though because the last time I tried it on (in late February) I was not stricken with it, not convinced by the high waist, really not convinced that the “pencil skirt meets pleated skirt” look was flattering & was thrown by uncertainty in how to rescue it. When in doubt, ignore it I say! If the solution is not apparent, it will come in its own good time. Even if it is over 6 months later.
So when I tried it on last week, having lost a little weight, its mummification effect was lost!
I could move freely! I was therefore encouraged to tweak the fit at the waist, & ended up taking a deeper seam at its top so that it was not quite so high waisted. When you see the February picture you can see that I was confused about how high it should sit…it needed to reach a point that I was comfy with. Which it is now. But I still prefer wearing it with a belt.
This skirt I should say is made up of panels that incurs 9 seams plus the side seam with the (invisible) zip. That’s 10 in all, with plentiful pleats providing the fullness & flippiness. Altering the waist involved removing the facing & the half lining then shaving smallest of smallest amounts off each of these 9 seams.
This shows what it looked like at the beginning of the day, not sat on. I was worried that all those pleats would get well & truly sqwurtched after a day at the office. However it survived relatively unscathed.
The proof – at the end of the day. This kind of style is tricky to fit & I think I could have got it better at the back – sway back looks in evidence. But I am not fussed. If I made it again I would not fit so far down my lower body, but allow the pleats to flare out from higher up my hips.
The pattern provided pieces for the lining, which is a bit odd. I think I’d like it to have been a full lining…..here it is inside out.
Now for some funnies. Question: Is this still a skirt that is stuck in the 1980s?
Here is the shameful-overfitted-mummification picture. Be brave little ones.
Can you see why it was gathering dust? There is too much of a high waist going on, combined with too much of a “fishtail” look. I was bound inside this skirt, I tell you (hence the scowl- I do apologise this is a truly gruesome face-shot!). I warn you, do not be too exuberant when having a tailor’s dummy to use to pin out 10 seams. Yes it felt professional & very personalised….but at a cost!
But never mind, it’s all ended OK now! I have ticked off one of my autumn makes, F.O.d a U.F.O. & shared a picture with Kylie. What do you reckon? Are there any 80s patterns (apart from bog standard pencil skirts/ A line skirts ) that you feel have a chance in today’s style?